Competency Interview Questions

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Rachelle Enns is an interview coach and job search expert. She works with candidates to perform their best in employment, medical, and post-secondary admission interviews.

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How has your current job changed over the years?

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Competency Interview Questions & Answers

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    How has your current job changed over the years?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know more about your career progression. Additional responsibilities, promotions, and changes in your job title all indicate that you were competent and successful in your role. This question gives you an opportunity to go more in-depth about how your job has evolved. If nothing has changed much over the past couple of years in your position, focus on what you have learned. Are you better at managing teams now that you have gone from supervising one to five people? Are you exceptionally good at problem-solving now that you've learned to troubleshoot IT related problems? Talk about how the changes in your job have taught you new skills and helped you develop the ones you already have.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "When I initially started my job four years ago I was a junior level associate. Today, I am responsible for leading a team of 8 junior associates. My role does not look the same at all, and I am thankful for the growth opportunity that my current company has offered me. In addition to the change in leadership responsibilities, I have also enjoyed two major promotions. I attribute this to hard work and dedication."

      Rachelle's Answer for an Admin Interview

      "Change is a constant in my current role as I work with a rapidly growing organization. In the beginning, I was the one doing the bulk of the administrative work where over the years, I began leading a team to accomplish those same goals. You could say I grew professionally as much as the business did!"

      Rachelle's Answer for a Manager Interview

      "I have grown exponentially in my position. I went from a one-person show to a department of three, with me in charge. We have increased our product line offerings, so my team has had to increase its workload repeatedly."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Marketing Interview

      "In my current role, I was initially hired to write blog posts, take photos, and execute social media copy that had already been planned out for me. A few months in, I was tasked with planning the posts as well. Now, I am in charge of planning out the marketing calendar for the entire year, including all posts, topics, and promotions."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Retail Interview

      "Initially, I was hired as a part-time sales associate. I graduated college and received a promotion to full-time key holder, then assistant manager. My role now includes correspondence with our corporate head office, interviewing candidates, and training new hires. I love to learn new process and look forward to the challenges this role will offer."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Sales Interview

      "Since graduating, I have held various positions, always leaving one for another with greater responsibility, whether within the same organization or another. I have learned a lot in each position, and without any of the previous ones, I would not have earned the promotions I have enjoyed to date. I began as the lowest on the totem pole and have since lead teams from one to five direct reports; I began in inside sales and had since piloted an outside sales program that previously did not exist. I am grateful for all of the lessons I have learned in each position that have equipped me for the next move I'm looking to make, and I look forward to using this knowledge to make an impact at ABC if given the opportunity."

      Rachelle's Answer for a Teacher Interview

      "In the past near-decade of teaching, I've seen the shift towards more standardized testing and quieter, less exciting methods of teaching. I have seen my job almost be eliminated a few times for budgetary concerns, despite the rhetoric that the board values the department- something the community made clear that they do value. All the while, I've done everything I can to evolve with the times but keep in mind the needs of my students."

      Sue's Answer for a Landscape Architect Interview

      "After working for about six months in my past job, I was looking for ways to take on additional responsibilities outside of my day-to-day job requirements. I was committed to advancing my career and serving as a resource for the firm. My boss paired me with the training manager in our office to identify employees that needed mentoring and training in preparation for the licensure exam. I served as a mentor and conducted workshops to help entry-level landscape designers prepare for their exams. Within a year, I was promoted to associate and assisted HR on all employee training initiatives moving forward."

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I started as a test technician and learned all the testing procedures and troubleshooting of modules and board, took responsibility on some daily activity, have participated in first aid and emergency responder team, So, I became first aid responder and later on my position I got promotion as a lead test technician."

      Rachelle's Answer

      It sounds like you had some excellent progression in this role. Very good!

      "I began as a test technician and have been promoted to lead test technician. In addition to this promotion, I also joined the first aid and emergency responder team."

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